OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf Crochet Club members recently crocheted 20 blankets that will be presented to foster care children in Putnam County for Christmas.
Members gathered at O-G High School Monday night in the library and submitted their blankets that SS. Peter & Paul Church Father Rick Friebel gave a blessing over.
Friebel said it is always important to support foster care children in the community.
“Broken homes is a big deal and I came from a divorced home and I know what it is like to have a broken home and family,” Friebel said.
Students in grades 5-12 meet every other week in three different buildings — O-G High School, Glandorf Elementary and SS. Peter & Paul Elementary School. There are 60 students in the club. Financial donations were provided this year by Ottawa Lions Club to purchase yarn and Modern Woodmen donated yarn. Funds also were used to purchase yarn from a former Spanish Club at the school that had money left over in an account.
Claire Eiden, Crotchet Club president and O-G High School senior, has been in the club for four years. She has made blankets, scarves and hats.
“If you work hard you can get the project done in a week. Crocheting is a good stress reliever and we were overwhelmed last year with how much the kids loved getting these homemade gifts,” Eiden said.
She said crocheting has taught her patience and determination and it takes awhile to be able to crotchet.
Lola Kuhlman, 12, Glandorf-Elementary student, made two blue and white blankets and has been a group member for two years.
“In my free time I like to crotchet when I get bored. The first thing I crocheted last year was a hat for myself,” Lola said.
She said foster children may have a rough life and she hopes the blankets will bring them comfort and keep them warm.
Deb Kuhlman is the founder and teacher for the club and is sometimes assisted by Paula Hodges, O-G High School teacher.
This is the second year club members made blankets for foster children and two years ago they donated hats to the troops. In the last year the club has donated hats to Putnam County Job and Family Services and the Heartbeat organization in Ottawa.
Kuhlman initially learned in home economics class in high school how to crotchet. However, after marrying and having four children she put the crochet hook down and picked it up again seven years ago when she severely broke her leg and was stuck in a recliner for four weeks.
“Crochet not only is therapeutic, it is also a rapidly growing craft. I want the kids to realize the joy of creating something themselves,” Kuhlman said.
She said having a hobby is important and helps build strong mental attitudes. The kids are realizing the joy of using their hands. With all of the information available in the internet, they are improving their skills so rapidly that she is forced to teach herself something new so I have something new to teach them.
“I also want them to understand the joy of simplicity. Crochet makes you just sit and enjoy,” Kuhlman said.
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